- Released: February 18, 1992
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Motown
Rolling Stone - 1/7/71, p.48
"...Any of the 12 songs on [this album] holds more creative singing than you're likely to find in another performer's entire body of work...there's not one bad cut on the LP..."
- 1.Never Had A Dream Come True
- 2.We Can Work It Out
- 3.Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
- 4.Heaven Help Us All
- 5.You Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover
- 7.Don't Wonder Why
- 8.Anything You Want Me To Do
- 9.I Can't Let My Heaven Walk Away
- 10.Joy (Takes Over Me)
- 11.I Gotta Have A Song
- 12.Something To Say
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
As you listen to this album, you will inevitably find yourself lamenting the devastating shortage of hours in a day in which to continue grooving. 1970's SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED marks another turning point for Mr. Wonder as his lyrics grow more world-conscious and the music gets indubitably funkier. Swift, dynamic bass-playing, deep clavichord and head-nodding riffs are just some of the elements which drive the new sound. Those who cherish his more sugary Motown nuggets of the '60s needn't fear, though--they too continue to claim a space.
The title track may well place you unwittingly en marche to the door of your sweetie. The high-stepping horn lines and husky rhythm section lay the foundation for a swinging vocal delivery laced with sitar. Stevie later holds church of the grooviest order on "Heaven Help Us All," raising his good will towards humanity to a thunderous crown of horns and choir. The thrilling "Sugar" and a lively rendition of "We Can Work It Out" display his highly effective technique of vocal layering through overdubs. This album is full of fine R&B with many tasty surprises.